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The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People - The Secret Of Successful Delegation

Dynamic Leadership Skills Training CoursesIn his book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" Stephen Covey talks about the correct way to delegate to other people. If you do leadership skills training courses well, you will achieve a tremendous increase in your ability to deliver.

If you adopt the wrong leadership skills training courses, you will end up fighting fires created by other people. Ignore the fundamentals of good delegation at your peril!

The most powerful way to leverage your time is through leadership skills training courses. As an individual you only have 24 hours in any day to create the results you want. By delegating responsibility for tasks to other people, you can increase the number of man hours you control in each day.

Delegation, particularly for people who are learning to manage other people is often one of the most difficult things to do right. If managed poorly, rather than creating more time you will end up spending more time solving leadership skills training courses created by other people or using their time ineffectively and inefficiently.

Stephen Covey identifies two main styles of delegating, to which I will add a third. In today's sophisticated work environment, only one of these styles will produce the desired result of multiplying your effectiveness.

"Gofer delegation"

In this style of delegation you give the person detailed instructions for every task they have to perform including when and how to do the tasks. You end up telling them "go for this, go for that..." hence the name! You've probably come across someone like this - the leadership skills training courses who wants to know everything you're doing and control every aspect of your work. This style of delegation works up to a point. The micro manager can manage several people all of whom can be performing specific tasks which if suitably coordinated can lead to a greater result than any one person on their own.

Delegation by Abdication

I think this name tells you that this is not a good leadership skills training courses. This is often adopted by people who lack self confidence, who have had a bad experience with a micro-manager, or don't have a clear plan for what they want to achieve. It is often mistaken for true delegation by stewardship that we will discuss below, but it differs in a number of critical ways.

The team members may not know what to do and may end up doing their own thing.

Delegation by Stewardship

Delegation by Stewardship, as advocated in the "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" takes the best of the two methods you've read about so far and fixes their weaknesses. It does not dictate the methods - those are left to the person, but it does focus on delivering leadership skills training courses. This process starts with a clear vision of what is to be achieved at the end of the process. This can be a project goal or it can be a clear set of metrics that describe the output of a particular task.

The manager shares the vision with the person who is going to be doing the work and they jointly develop a plan and identify the gaps in the person’s leadership skills training courses. If the person doing the work does not have much experience, the manager may have to do a lot of this on their behalf.

The next step is to set up the ground rules for the work - when it has to be done, how you want progress to be reported, important things that should be avoided, any problems that you can foresee, what leadership skills training courses are available...

Finally the person should be given clear leadership skills training courses that have to be achieved and the consequences of both good and bad performance should be explained.

Stephen Covey advocates the method of delegation by stewardship in the "7 Habits of Highly Effective People". This method empowers members of your team to achieve outstanding results while at the same time ensuring that they stay focused on the big picture.